Joseph Lord

Online Managing Editor

Joseph Lord is a Louisville native who was raised in Jeffersontown. He attended Western Kentucky University before covering public safety and later city government for The Anniston (Ala.) Star. He's also covered education for The Tribune and Evening News in southern Indiana and music and pop culture for Velocity, The Courier-Journal's weekly entertainment magazine. 

 Most recently, Joseph has been a digital news reporter for The Courier-Journal. Joseph, 32, and his wife, Brandy Warren, have two daughters and live in the St. Joseph neighborhood.

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Local News
3:07 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

How Does the Kentucky Derby's New Logo Stack Up Against Recent Versions?

We're just shy of eight months away from that season when Louisville becomes a mash-up of a Kid Rock concert and a "Great Gatsby" cosplay party—but you can't really escape the Kentucky Derby in this town no matter the date.

So Churchill Downs has revealed the new logos for the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

Here they are:

The firm SME designed the logos, as it has for the past six years. They were trying to pay "homage to both the traditions and pedigree of these iconic brands," Churchill Downs said in a news release.

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Local News
12:16 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Byline Today: Ohio River Bridges Tolls, Bardstown 3 Months After Officer Jason Ellis' Death and More

Ohio River bridges tolls, the on-going University of Louisville-Norton Healthcare dispute and the ongoing search for Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis' murderer will be discussed today on Byline.

Indiana officials surprised many on Thursday when they pulled from a meeting agenda an item to set toll rates for the Ohio River Bridges Project. WFPL's Devin Katayama will discuss.

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Local News
11:30 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Norton Healthcare Sues University of Louisville in Kosair Children's Hospital Dispute

Kosair Children's Hospital
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Norton Healthcare is challenging in court the University of Louisville's legal right to evict the healthcare system from the Kosair Children's Hospital property.

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Local News
10:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

How Long Louisvillians Live Depends on Their Neighborhood, Education, Study Says

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Louisvillians' neighborhood and education level have a great effect on how long they'll live, said a new study released Thursday morning.

The Building a Healthier Louisville study from the Greater Louisville Project is meant to compare where the city's health stands to peer cities. (Louisville doesn't do well—more on that later.)

But the study points to a wide disparity in life expectancy across Metro Louisville. Here's a breakdown:

83-Year Life Expectancy

Northeast Louisville

St. Matthews

Southeast Louisville

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Local News
4:01 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Retired Louisville Firefighters Discuss City's Attempt to Make Interest Payment on Pension Dispute

The attorney for retired Louisville firefighters seeking an interest payment from a pension dispute settlement says her clients largely agree that they won’t accept a check from the city.

Last month, the city attempted to deliver an $8-million check to the firefighters’ attorney, Ann Oldfather. She declined, and the city ended up giving the check to Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mary Shaw, who presides over the pension case.

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Local News
7:24 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Easily Defeat the Ohio Bobcats

The Louisville Cardinals handily defeated the Ohio Bobcats on Sunday to start the 2013 college football season.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw five touchdown passes to lead the Cardinals to a 49-7 victory at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Bridgewater's back-up, Will Gardner, also threw a touchdown pass, his in the fourth quarter.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun September 1, 2013

What We're Reading | 9.1.13

Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Local News
7:45 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Controversial Coach Bobby Petrino's Return to Kentucky

Bobby Petrino and Western Kentucky athletics director Todd Stewart
Credit Clinton Lewis/Western Kentucky University

Jeff Brohm was a star quarterback for the Louisville Cardinals in the ’90s.

These days, he’s the assistant head coach at a school a couple of hours south in Bowling Green—at Western Kentucky University.

And he sees similarities between UofL then and WKU now.

“When I was there, we had a well-known coach who had success winning Super Bowls and national championships in Coach Schnellenberger and a program that, you know, a little bit before I got there almost shut down," Brohm said.

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Local News
4:16 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Study: Ohio River Bridges Project Tolls Should Range From $1 to $12

The planned downtown bridge.
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The Ohio River Bridges Project can be financially supported through a toll costs ranging from $1 for frequent drivers to $12 for heavy trucks plus fees, said a study released Friday.

There are hitches—the study assumes a 2.5-percent rate annual rate increase. 

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Local News
11:36 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Kentucky State Fair Attendance Increases 2.6 Percent

The 2013 Kentucky State Fair
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The just-concluded Kentucky State Fair drew 615,648 paid patrons this year—a 2.6-percent increase from 2012.

It's the largest number of attendees since 621,795 turned out in 2009.

“Certainly the weather had a lot to do with it. After all this is not your typical August weather. We had cool mornings, we had very low humidity, very little rain," said Amanda Storment, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky State Fair Board.

Attendance increased on both weekends, fair officials said. 

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